Question pools are developed by the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC).
Make sure you are using the current test pool as I’ve found some searches & links bring up old material
Technician July 2018 to June 2022
General July 2019 to June 2023
Extra July 2020 to June 2024
He also has lots of resources on his web site http://dcasler.com/ham-radio/ including tips on studying.
Gordon West Technician study https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gljU__v09Hs
Probably the most well known is the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. It is available in the traditional binding or with a spiral binding, which is probably easier to use. The ARRL manuals provide a chapter on the topic, thoroughly explaining the material. They provide a copy of the question pool in the back, together with a cross reference to the appropriate chapter. This book is good if you want a thorough, and perhaps more in-depth, understanding of the topic/concept.
Even if you don’t use this book as your primary study tool it is good as a reference as there are many operating aspects that you are not tested on in the Technician exam, but you need to know in order to get on the air.
Another very popular study guide, which has been around as long as the ARRL manuals, are the Gordon West WB6NOA, manuals. Gordon’s format provides the question, as it is written in the question pool, together with the four different answers. He then indicates the correct answer and provides an explanation as to why that answer is correct, or why the others are wrong.
The books come with a CD which has audio of the questions, so you can study while driving.
Gordon West Technician videos can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gljU__v09Hs
Gordon has been conducting licensing classes for over 40 years so his material and study methods are tried and tested. Gordon has additional material on his web site, www.gordonwestradioschool.com including classes by approved instructors, most of these are in California. Gordon’s books and other material are produced in cooperation with the W5YI VEC.
Stu Turner, W0STU, books provide a short sentence or two on a topic and the key words are highlighted. He has a companion web site, www.hamradioschool.com and there are additional materials to accompany the book as well as quizzes for each chapter of the book. His site also has a number of articles of interest to hams, including product reviews and more in-depth explanations of some topics, such as spread spectrum.
Stu also has apps, through Peak Programming, LLC, for both iOS and Android devices, which allow you to review the questions and take practice exams.
Craig Buck, K4IA, recently came out with a series of study books. These are written on the premise that you only see the right answer when you read, so therefore you don’t have to remember which of the four options you get on the exam is the right one, you only recognize the correct one.
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, has been producing study guides for years. While they are available through Amazon in a paperback form he is better known for his web site where you can download the Technician material as a FREE pdf. They are also available in Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook versions, paperback through Amazon and an audiobook. He also has video lessons available on his YouTube channel.
The study guide gives the basic required knowledge in short sections with highlighted key words and cross references to the question pool number.
Flash cards are available for all the exams. These have the question on one side and the answer on the reverse. You can of course get some 3×5 index cards and make your own using the question pool. This latter method reinforces your learning while you are making them. Of course, with a pool of 426 questions, for the Technician, it will take you a while to write them yourself.
Hamstudy is the site I HIGHLY recommend for flash cards and practice exams and you can also read the entire questions by section. The questions are displayed in a box with the wrong answers in light gray and the correct one in bold green, so you only concentrate on the correct answer and hopefully not distracted by the incorrect one.
Hamstudy also has testing software they provide for free to teams. My VE team has been using for over 3 years to grade exams using the camera on a laptop. Since COVID a team has stepped up to support the developer and they have done significant upgrades to allow the program to be used for fully remote (online) exams where the VEC’s have approved remote exams.
Finding an Exam
Of the 14 VEC’s the only one that does not charge is Laurel VEC. All teams under the Laurel VEC provide FREE exams. Teams and tests can be found on their web site.
To find my teams exams in Colorado (we only do in-person) go to https://hamstudy.org/sessions/w0pct
To find remote/online exams go to https://hamstudy.org/sessions/online
To find tests in your area go to https://hamstudy.org/sessions and enter your zip.
Some teams also list their tests on the ARRL.